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Giant trap is deployed to catch plastic littering the Pacific Ocean
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9 September 2018
On 9 September 2018 The New York Times reported:
A multimillion-dollar floating boom designed to corral plastic debris littering the Pacific Ocean deployed from San Francisco Bay on Saturday (8 September) as part of a larger high-stakes and ambitious undertaking. The 2,000-foot-long unmanned structure ... aims to trap up to 150,000 pounds of plastic during the boom's first year at sea.
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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a gyre of trash between California and Hawaii, comprises an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of scattered detritus, including at least 87,000 tons of plastic.
. . . It is unclear how well the boom would fare on the open ocean, where it faces high winds, corrosive salt water and other environmental challenges. And then there's the question of whether it is possible to clean half of the garbage patch in just five years. ...
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